In a thrilling encounter between Australia and India in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, and Virat Kohli achieved new milestones, rewriting the record books.
Mitchell Starc: Quickest Bowler to 50 World Cup Wickets
Mitchell Starc, the left-arm speedster from Australia, has become the quickest bowler to claim 50 wickets in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup history. Starc achieved this feat in just 19 innings, surpassing the previous record held by Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga who took 25 innings to reach the same milestone.
Starc also holds the record for the highest number of wickets in a single World Cup edition, having taken 27 wickets in the 2019 tournament. Mohammed Shami of India, with 31 wickets from 11 World Cup matches, is the closest contender to Starc’s record.
David Warner: Fastest to Score 1000 World Cup Runs
David Warner, the Australian opener, became the fastest player to score 1,000 runs in World Cup matches, achieving this feat in just 19 innings. Despite Australia’s loss to India in the opening match of the 2023 World Cup, Warner managed to surpass the previous record jointly held by India’s Sachin Tendulkar and South Africa’s AB de Villiers, who both took 20 innings to reach the milestone.
Warner’s current World Cup run tally stands at 1,033, while Tendulkar still holds the record for the most runs in World Cup history with 2,278 runs. Rohit Sharma of India is just 22 runs short of joining the 1,000-run club in World Cup matches.
Virat Kohli: The Run-Chase Maestro
Indian skipper Virat Kohli, known for his exceptional run-chasing skills, broke into the top-10 list for most runs in World Cup history. With a total of 1,115 runs, Kohli is just 111 runs away from surpassing West Indies legend Brian Lara. His performance against Australia also helped him surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most runs in successful ODI chases, with a total of 5,517 runs.
Kohli-Rahul Partnership: A New Benchmark
Despite a shaky start with three early dismissals, India managed to recover thanks to a 165-run partnership between Kohli and KL Rahul. This partnership is now the second-highest for India for the fourth or lower wicket in World Cup history. It also set a new record for the highest partnership for India against Australia in World Cup matches.